Qualcomm announced a partnership with Microsoft to develop mobile hardware for the Azure Sphere Internet of Things (IoT) operating system.
Roanne Sones, Vice President of Microsoft at the company, said the new chipsets will work together with Azure and focus on the interconnection and security of IoT devices. Azure Sphere includes an operating system, hardware and cloud service to protect IoT devices, which Sones believes create an "intrinsically safe" environment. However, the manager said that customers have also requested cellular capabilities, leading to its recommendation partnership.
The new Azure Sphere chip will include hardware-level security and will automatically come pre-installed with Azure Sphere. In addition, the chip will be able to connect to Azure Sphere cloud services. “The solution adds Qualcomm Technologies' robust technology to security to make it easy for them manufacturers to create safe solutions and keep the devices up-to-date with over a decade of security updates and OS created and delivered directly to any Microsoft device, ”the companies added.
Galen Hunt, CEO of Microsoft Azure Sphere said that "the new IoT chipset will illuminate a wide array of new scenarios on the outside - even the most restrictive of them resources".
The Qualcomm LTE 9205 modem comes with the Azure IoT SDK kit. Sones says that developers is a finite resource and "the more we can invest and make developers productive, the better."
In the past, Microsoft had included the Qualcomm Vision Intelligence 300 platform in the Vision AI Developer Kit for Azure IoT solutions. In related news this week, Qualcomm released a new design reference to integrate 5G and 6 Wi-Fi for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) home gateways.